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Lord’s Prayer (Mamao Chveno)

The Lord's Prayer is sung mostly as a recitative in Georgian Orthodox services. One of the more popular variants in the Kashveti Church where I have sung for many years is the variant transmitted at the Shemokmedi Monastery via Artem Erkomaishvili. This variant was recorded in 1966 in the Tbilisi Conservatory on cassette tape, and published in a beautiful book of transcriptions by David Shugliashvili (available on Amazon here).

 

Chant Text

მამაო ჩვენო, რომელი ხარ ცათა შინა,
mamao chveno, romeli khar tsata shina,
წმინდა იყავნ სახელი შენი,
tsminda iqavn sakheli sheni,
მოვედინ სუფება შენი,
movedin supeva sheni,
იყავნ ნება შენი, ვითარცა ცათა შინა, ეგრეცა ქვეყანასა ზედა.
iqavn neba sheni, vitartsa tsata shina, egretsa kveqanasa zeda.
პური ჩვენი არსობისა მომეც ჩვენ დღეს
puri chveni arsobisa momets chven dghes
და მომიტევენ ჩვენ თანანადებნი ჩვენნი,
da momiteven chven tananadebni chvenni,
ვითარცა ჩვენ მივუტევებთ თანამდებთა მათ ჩვენთა,
vitartsa chven mivutevebt tanamdebta mat chventa,
და ნუ შემიყვანებ ჩვენ განსაცდელსა,
da nu shemiqvaneb chven gansatsdelsa,
არამედ მიხსნენ ჩვენ ბოროტისაგან,
aramed mikhsnen chven borotisagan,

*რამეთუ შენი არს სუფევა, ძალი და დიდება,
ramethu sheni ars supheva,dzali da dideba,
სახელითა მამისა და ძისა და სულიწმიდისა,
sakhelitha mamisa da dzisa da sulitsmidisa,
აწ და მარადის და უკუნითი უკუნისამდე.
ats da maradis da ukunithi ukunisamde.

*usually not said

 

Musical variants:

Shemokmedi monastery, recitative style (Artem Erkomaishvili)

Listen: audio from a recording by the nuns of the Jikheti convent

Score: Available for purchase on Amazon in Shemokmedi transcriptions book by David Shugliashvili

 

Shemokmedi monastery, ornamental style

Listen: audio from Mama Daviti Church trio (Malkhaz Erkvanidze directing)

Score: Available for purchase on Amazon in "Kartuli Galoba [Georgian Chant], Vol. V" edited by Malkhaz Erkvanidze.

 

 

Gelati monastery variant, simple style

This recitative variant includes interesting cadences, where the bass voice rises through the scale to meet the upper voices in unison. Click the link to download a pdf score of this variant.

Gelati monastery variant #2, simple style

This variant is sung here by the Anchiskhati Church Choir.

 

Svetitskhoveli Cathedral variant

This musical variant is also sung in a recitative, but features a different final cadence type. Click the link to view/download the pdf score.

Score for Karbelashvili mamao chveno

 

Historic Recordings

This East Georgian variant of Mamao Chveno was recorded by the Sandro Kavsadze Choir at the Kashweti St. George Church in Tbilisi in 1907. Note the static fifth interval sung by the outer voices, with the middle voice experimenting with the harmony through simple upward/downward gestures.

Read more about historic recordings made between 1902-1914 on the following page: Archival Recordings.

Read more about the Sandro Kavsadze Choir on this post.

 

Modern Compositions

"Mamao Chveno", a poem by Ilia Chavchavadze written in the 19th century was set to music in the 20th century (composer unknown by me). Sung by the nuns of the Samtavro Convent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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